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Marcelo Freire - August 2017

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Marcelo Freire, D.D.S., Ph.D., D.M.Sc., is a faculty member at the Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is passionate about human health and the importance of integrating science proven innovations with clinical practices. He has published many papers and book chapters in the field of immunology, periodontology, inflammation and tissue regeneration. Freire is influential scientist in the area of biological innovations with specific focus in leveraging the understanding of endogenous immune response to enhance human healing potential.

Olga J. Baker – July 2017

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Olga J. Baker is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. She received a D.D.S. from the Central University of Venezuela School of Dentistry in 1992, as well as a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences from the Central University of Venezuela School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Baker worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and as a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Missouri Department of Biochemistry. In 2009, she became an Assistant Professor in the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry, where she obtained multiple grants from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Dr. Baker moved to the University of Utah in 2014, where she has continued her research programs, developed several novel saliva substitutes and started a company for producing and distributing dental products. Her primary research focuses on therapeutic options to treat salivary gland hypofunction, including use of resolvins to alleviate chronic inflammation and fibrin hydrogels to promote tissue regeneration. 

Michel Koo - June 2017

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Michel Koo is a professor of orthodontics, pediatric dentistry & community oral health, and director of biofilm research at the Levy Center for Oral Health, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Koo’s research has focused on understanding the relationship between biofilms and oral infectious diseases, and seeking novel therapeutic strategies to control dental caries by fostering cross-disciplinary interactions, including with bioengineering and nanotechnology. He has served as a standing member of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as well as in scientific committees of AADR/IADR. He also served as associate director of the NIDCR training program for dentist-scientists and oral biologists. 

Effie Ioannidou - May 2017

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Effie Ioannidou is a clinical scientist with training in periodontology and an associate professor and the Director of the Dental Clinical Research Center at the UCONN Health, School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.  She was awarded the Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research in 2008 and was elected as an AADR Fellow in 2017.  She currently serves as the associate editor for the JDR Clinical & Translational Research and is the AADR Board Member-at-Large (2017-2020).  She has served on numerous committees, including the Fellowships, Annual Session and Nominating Committees.  She also has served as a leader in many of the Groups/Networks in which she is active, Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research, Microbiology/Immunology, Periodontal Research and the Women in Science Network.  

Marcelo W. B. Araujo - April 2017

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Marcelo W. B. Araujo, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. is the Vice-president, Science Institute for the American Dental Association (ADA), Chicago, Illinois.  Araujo earned his D.D.S., with a certificate in Periodontal Disease from Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and his M.S in oral sciences, Ph.D in epidemiology and Fellowship in Clinical Research and Teaching in Periodontics from the University at Buffalo-SUNY, NY.

Since joining AADR in 2000, Araujo has remained an active presenter at IADR and AADR meetings.  He is involved with the Periodontal and Cariology Groups and the Evidence-based Dentistry and Global Oral Health Inequalities Networks.